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Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories – Suspected Ebola Specimen Packaging and Shipping System Pictorial Guide Note: Category A: An infectious substance.

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1 Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories – Suspected Ebola Specimen Packaging and Shipping System Pictorial Guide Note: Category A: An infectious substance in a form capable of causing permanent disability or life-threatening or fatal disease in otherwise healthy humans or animals when exposure to it occurs. An exposure occurs when an infectious substance is released outside of its protective packaging, resulting in physical contact with humans or animals. A list of Category A, Infectious Substances can be found in 49 CFR Parts Hazardous Materials. Examples: Ebola Virus, Bacillus anthracis cultures, Brucella cultures, HIV cultures

2 Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories – Suspected Ebola Specimen Packaging and Shipping System Guide 2) Carefully read the Instruction Sheet provided in the Infectious Shipper. 3) Lavender (EDTA) Vacutainer with patient information. NOTE: Do Not use Glass Tubes. Container must be secured with ParaFilm to prevent leaks. 9) Secure the flaps on the outer package of the system with tape and complete the mailing labels. 24-hr emergency telephone number is mandatory. 11) Complete the Shipper’s Declaration (see attached Checklist) and place in plastic pouch located on back of Infectious Shipper; seal the pouch. 1) Fiberboard and Styrofoam Infectious Shipping System with cold packs; Secondary Containers (95 kPa bags); Absorbent sleeves; Instruction Sheet; Shipper’s Declaration. 6) Place bagged specimen on frozen cold pack inside Styrofoam Shipper. 7) Place second cold pack on top of specimen bag then replace Styrofoam container top. 8) Additional information can be placed on top of Styrofoam lid. Paperwork should be placed in a baggie and placed on the cooler lid. 10) Proper Shipping Name is “Infectious Substance, Affecting Humans”. In parentheses “Suspect Category A Infectious Substance”. 11 4) Place primary container into absorbent sleeves. No more than 50mLs are allowed per shipping system. 5) Wrap and insert specimen into 95 kPa biohazard bag (secondary container). DO NOT put any paperwork inside secondary container. 12) Outer labeling includes: UN2814, orientation labels, class 6.2 infectious substance

3 Kansas Health and Environmental Laboratories – Suspected Ebola Specimen Packaging and Shipping System Pictorial Guide Checklist Checklist may also be found at the KDHE’s website:


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